NEWARK Clarita Denius and Buffy Whitehead walked into Licking Memorial Hospital on Wednesday carrying large bags of brightly colored quilts.
It was the third time they visited the hospital this year, bringing handmade gifts from the Heart of Ohio Quilters Guild to the hospital's youngest patients.
"It sure is a good feeling to bring them here," Denius said as she unloaded the quilts on a table.
Each one included a variety of brightly colored fabrics. Some featured animals, sports equipment or cartoon characters, such as SpongeBob SquarePants.
"For many years, our patients have benefited from their hard work and outstanding craftsmanship," said Rob Montagnese, president and CEO of Licking Memorial Health Systems. "The colors are so uplifting, and they will keep them warm."
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, the Heart of Ohio guild has been making children's quilts to donate since the group's early days.
Using donated fabric, many of the 140 members work on quilts at home, trying out various techniques or patterns they are interested in, Whitehead said.
This year, the guild met its goal of sewing 100 quilts. About 75 have been donated to the hospital, whereas the rest were given to Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Center for New Beginnings.
At LMH, the quilts are given to the nursing staff, who offer them to children who are recovering in the hospital, having surgery or in the emergency room, said Veronica Link, vice president of development and public relations.
The guild drops quilts off every few months, and the hospital staff is always looking forward to getting more, Montagnese said.
"We have a large population of folks who will really benefit from this," he said.
Members of the guild have fun making the quilts and love to show their work off to fellow members, Denius said. Each one has a tag sewn to the back that reads, "A gift from the Heart of Ohio Quilt Guild."
"We like being able to give our talents and our time," she said. "This has really grown over the years."